60 Second Tent and Other Stuff for Motorcycle Camping

Updated on October 4, 2018
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My husband and I have been riding vintage Harleys all over the western US for the past 35 years.

We Rode and Camped All the Way to Sturgis South Dakota

That is 1200 miles from our home in Northern California.

All photos by Sherry Hewins

'47 Knucklehead, Ready for Sturgis
'47 Knucklehead, Ready for Sturgis

Packed and Ready

Here we are with the 1947 Knucklehead, ready to go. When the bike was all packed, that was one seriously wide load. We rode through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We rode through 100┬░ heat and we weathered thunderstorms and hail in our trusty little tent. You can see it in the silver bag on the right side of the bike.

Setting up Camp is So Easy With a 60 Second Tent

My husband and I have been riding vintage Harleys for the past 30 years. We never use a chase truck, but usually travel alone and carry everything we need with us. We travel long distances on our motorcycle, camping along the way, so we pitch the tent every night and break camp every morning.

The 60 Second Tent makes setting up camp so much quicker and easier. It's great for when you pull in late at night, or when bad weather suddenly hits. You'll be snug in bed while everyone else is still looking for their tent poles.

The 60 Second Tent is made just like a regular dome tent except the poles are already inserted and they just fold up. You unfold the tent and lock the hinges in place and you're ready for bed. It folds up slightly bigger and heavier than a regular dome tent, but the ease of setting up this pop-up tent makes it well worth the small amount of extra weight.

When we are traveling with other bikes, we pull in to a campground and throw up our tent. While everyone else is still setting up, we're kicking back having a beer. Besides that, I can't tell you how many couples I've seen get in a huge argument over setting up the tent. This tent might even save your relationship.

We could get by with a regular dome tent if we were staying a few days, but when traveling and breaking camp every day, I just wouldn't do without one of these. We got this tent about fifteen years ago. We have used the hell out of this thing, and it's still going strong.

It would be great for car camping, too. It's probably not ideal for backpacking since it is a little heavier than a regular dome tent.

The 60 Second Tent in Action

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Our Sturgis Trip in Photos

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The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhereThe old man and the Knucklehead at the Idaho borderThe Knucklehead at the Grand TetonsAt Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?It's a little rough on a girl living out of a saddle bag for two weeksWe'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew inFriends of ours setting up their "regular" tent
The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhere
The '47 Knucklehead, along the way somewhere
The old man and the Knucklehead at the Idaho border
The old man and the Knucklehead at the Idaho border
The Knucklehead at the Grand Tetons
The Knucklehead at the Grand Tetons
At Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.
At Buffalo Chip a guy from a Japanese magazine took pictures of the bike.
Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?
Sturgis, Main Street. Can you spot the Knucklehead?
It's a little rough on a girl living out of a saddle bag for two weeks
It's a little rough on a girl living out of a saddle bag for two weeks
We'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew in
We'd just arrived at Buffalo Chip pitched the tent when this storm blew in
Friends of ours setting up their "regular" tent
Friends of ours setting up their "regular" tent

Other Compact Gear for Camping

The Amazing Pocket Chair

When you're camping, sometimes it's hard to find a place to sit. Your butt can get sore sitting on the rough, hard ground. With space so limited, it can be challenging to find a portable seat to carry on your motorcycle.

I saw the pocket chair on TV, and I just had to get one. It is really is amazing. It folds up very small and flat. It is perfect for throwing in the saddlebags, and I have seen it hold a 250 pound man.

It doesn't really fit in your pocket, but it fits in the saddlebags just fine.

Pocket Chair in Action

Sleeping Bag: Down or Fiberfill

A warm and compact sleeping bag is a must have item when you are sleeping outdoors. You have two choices when it comes to a good sleeping bag. Down is really the warmest material for its size and weight, but it loses its ability to insulate if it gets wet.

Synthetic fiberfill is almost as efficient as down, and it performs better if it gets wet. It is also more economical.

Whichever one you choose, they can both be squeezed into a tiny stuff sack, making them good choices for motorcycle camping.


Compact Camp Stove

Even if you don't plan to cook, it's nice to have a way to at least boil water for coffee in the morning. This Pocket Stove is my favorite to take when traveling on a motorcycle.

It is inexpensive, very light and compact, so it won't take up much room. It uses solid fuel tablets; they are much safer to carry in the saddlebags than liquid or gas fuel. It's very simple, so there is not much on it to break.

Enjoy the Ride

If you have not been motorcycle camping, I hope you'll try it. If you have, I hope I've given you some new ideas to make your next adventure even more enjoyable. Be safe out there.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Have you been motorcycle camping?

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    • shewins profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      80glyde - Wow, thanks for visiting and leaving such a great comment. It sounds like you've had some adventures. I love hearing from a fellow motorcycle camper.

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      4 years ago

      Have ┼Ľode two wheels forever all over the US theirs no other way to travel / camp (although the older i get i find motels are nice ) never thought id say that! Still won't never will trailer her ! Long story short. Years ago out of a scooter catalog bought a tent called a SST sixty second tent.best dam tent ever !!! it doesn't even take that long to set up. Then you just watch and listen to your buds fight n cus there dome. Bought years ago? Don't really know maybe 20 made very well. Its time to buy another one. Anyone considering new 2/3 man tent buy this. got one of those fold up seats toobuy em ! Sturgis 8×s Daytona 2xs new Orleans 2xs Texas & cal a lot SST Went too

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      No I have never been. I have only been on a motorcycle twice, just for a short ride around the block. Looks like yall have a lot of fun times.

    • shewins profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @mathew31: Have fun mathew31. You should be able to take all the comforts of home with you then.

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      5 years ago

      Not motorcycle camping, just car camping! I'm going camping this weekend actually.

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      5 years ago

      I've never been on motor cycle camping, but it seems an exciting activity. The video clip is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    • gadifi lm profile image

      gadifi lm 

      5 years ago

      I never have but we always loved camping and to travel by motorbike and camp it would be an experience with the wind in your face and sleeping in the fresh air

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      5 years ago

      I have never been, but I enjoyed your story and pics!

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      James Jordan 

      5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      My folks travel all around north america on their bmw. I will forward this lens in case they need a new tent!

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      5 years ago

      Hi! I like riding motorcycle and don't stay out for long, i get back to home timely! I really like the photos :)

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      kabbalah lm 

      6 years ago

      Pretty cool. I have 3 bikes in the garage and a Harley on my list for the spring. I've never gone for more than a day trip. I should try a camping trip

    • shewins profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @endamclarnon: I looked at that Quechua tent that you mentioned. It looks like it's one of those springy pop-up tents. They're not really the same, they don't have the hinged poles. They may be great, I've never used one, so I don't know.

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      Enda McLarnon 

      6 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      I use a Quechua tent which is very similar to these for camping and it works great. Looks like you had a great trip.


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